Home Depot IB CATEGORY MERCHANT - Interline Brands in Jacksonville, Florida

POSITION PURPOSE

Responsible for executing the overall short and long term strategy for assigned category/ categories. This includes, creating and maintaining vendor relationships, marketing products, developing product line strategies and driving/reporting financial results. The Merchant makes all or most of the buying decisions for the assigned category and negotiates terms with suppliers to drive item selection and pricing.

Specific categories include Safety, Plumbing and HVAC.

MAJOR TASKS, RESPONSIBILITES AND KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  1. Develop written business plans for each assigned category across all brands.

  2. Product Sourcing and selection across all brands.

  3. Maintain information within RS6000, Bridge and CMS.

  4. Analyze competitive pricing data.

  5. Responsible for discontinuing products within the system and the disposition of existing inventories.

  6. Review and recommend product line revisions including deletions.

  7. Develop and maintain strong vendor relationships.

  8. Ensure vendors comply with Vendor Shipping Guide.

  9. Act as the liaison between merchandising and marketing management, controlling the flow of information on products with various departments.

  10. Identify new products for sourcing.

  11. Creative development for product packaging and promotions (in conjunction with creative team).

  12. Continually, monitor product categories for sales and gross margin performance, competitiveness and service levels. Develop action plans for products and/or categories not meeting performance goals.

  13. Work with Marketing Operations to develop actions to increase sales and or improve gross margins.

NATURE AND SCOPE

This position has no direct reporting personnel but requires a high degree of collaboration and communication with other departments.

ENVIRONMENTAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

ENVIRONMENT:

Located in a comfortable indoor area. Any unpleasant conditions would be infrequent and not objectionable.

TRAVEL:

Typically requires overnight travel less than 10% of the time.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Must be eighteen years of age or older.

Must be legally permitted to work in the United States.

EDUCATION REQUIRED:

The knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a bachelor's degree program or equivalent degree in a field of study related to the job.

YEARS OF RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE: 5 years

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position and there is frequent opportunity to move about. On rare occasions there may be a need to move or lift light articles.

Additional Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2-3 years in category merchandising

  • 3-5 years relationship management of product supplier and/or vendors

  • 3+ years experience negotiating supplier/vendor pricing

  • Deep understanding in applied analytics

  • Degree desired

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND COMPETENCIES:

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Collaboration abilities, teamwork and inter-departmental communication skills are critical to the success of this position

COMPUTER SKILLS

Nearly all of the tasks required in this position require highly competent computer skills.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Data collection and analytical skills are paramount to analyze product performance, including cost estimating, turns, service levels and GM-ROI. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.